Discover the wide variety of cultures at the ancient capital, Kyoto and enjoy photo shooting experience
Since I'm a professional tour guide and photographer, I'll be more than happy to offer you a private guided tour and take wonderful photos of you at beautiful destinations.
This full-day tour offers you the opportunity to interact with all that Kyoto's rich culture has to offer.
I will organize your own full day tour according to your requests. (Seasonal events, Maiko show, tea ceremony, Ninja experience).
Heart of the ancient capital
Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the heart of Kyoto city where Japanese Emperors lived for about 500 years. It is the best place to start the sightseeing of the ancient capital city.
Geisha (Maiko and Geiko)
Gion is one of the five flower districts in Kyoto. It is the place where you can go back in time to experience a bit of old Japan.
Buddhism and garden
Kyoto has many Buddhism temples and its beautiful gardens.
Shintoism and torii gate
Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine famous for its red gates and is one of the most popular destinations in Japan.
Following is an itinerary suggestion but I can make your own itinerary according to your travel interests. Please feel free to inquire and tell me what you're interested in seeing/experiencing.
※Please note that the meeting place and ending place of my tour is Kyoto city.
Meet at your hotel in Kyoto or the entrance of JR Kyoto station
- Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine famous for red gates
I can also show you hidden bamboo forest located in the shrine. It is tranquil and peaceful.
- Kyoto Imperial Palace and park※ or Nijo Castle
It is located next to my graduated university.
- Golden pavilion Kinkakuji temple
- Gion Geisha town
If you have any specific requests about cultural experience or seasonal events instead of the listed places, feel free to ask me in advance.
※Kyoto Imperial palace is closed on Monday
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel
Duration: 7 hours
Mainly use taxi or city bus, subway
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
6000 yen - Lunch: from 2500 yen to 3000 yen per person (In the case of my recommendable local restaurant)
Transportation fee: around 1500 yen per person. (In the case if we use one day pass for bus and subway)
※If you prefer to use taxi, you can take it according with the access to destinations and weather. Please note that some taxis don't accept credit card.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation during the tour.
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We had a great time with Koichi. One of the best tour guides I had. We really recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto. We visited: -Fushimi Inari taisha shrine and hidden bamboo -Miyagawacho Geisha town -Kenninji temple -Kyoto imperial palace and its garden -Lunch at local soba buckwheat noodle restaurant -Kinkakuji Golden pavilion -Higashi Honganji temple Wonderful experience. Thank you very much Koichi.